95points

ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac

70points

MSI H87M-G43

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ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac vs MSI H87M-G43

ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

Why is ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac better than MSI H87M-G43?

  • Supports USB charging boost
  • Has WiFi
  • Has Bluetooth
  • Easy to reset BIOS
  • Has FireWire

Why is MSI H87M-G43 better than ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac?

  • Easy to overclock
  • 23mm shorter
    244mmvs267mm
  • 2 more USB 2.0 ports
    4vs2
  • Has TPM connector
  • 1 more audio jack connectors
    7vs6
  • 1 more DVI outputs
    1vs0
  • 1 more PCIe x1 slots
    2vs1
  • 61mm narrower
    244mmvs305mm

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General info

1.Easy to overclock
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.

2.height

267mm

244mm

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170mm

3.Supports USB charging boost
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

This feature allows you to charge your devices (such as smartphones and tablets) faster than a regular USB port. Some implementations also let you charge through the USB port even when the computer is in sleep mode or off.

4.Has WiFi
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

The device can connect to WiFi.

5.multi-GPU

4

2

The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.

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4

6.Has Bluetooth
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Memory

1.RAM speed

1600MHz

1600MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

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3466MHz

2.memory channels

2

2

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

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8

3.maximum memory size

32GB

32GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

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1024GB

4.memory slots

4

4

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.

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16

5.Supports ECC memory
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

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Connectors

1.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

6

2

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

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8

2.fan headers

6

5

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.

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3.has a HDMI output
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

4.DisplayPort outputs

1

1

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.

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2

5.SATA 3 connectors

10

6

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.

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12

6.USB 3.0 ports

6

2

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.

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14

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Expansion slots

1.PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

5

1

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.

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12

2.PCIe x1 slots

1

2

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

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5

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Audio

1.Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

115dB

95dB

When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.

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127dB

2.audio connectors

6

7

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

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10

3.audio channels

8

8

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

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10

4.Has S/PDIF Out port
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

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Storage

1.Supports RAID 5
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.

2.Supports RAID 1
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

3.Supports RAID 0
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

5.Supports RAID 0+1
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
MSI H87M-G43

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

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